Post natal care
After baby is born
Where will your care be based?
If you have your baby at home, your midwife will make sure you
and your baby are well before she leaves.
If you have your baby in hospital, immediately after the birth
you will be made comfortable in the birth unit or delivery
suite. Your baby will be examined by the midwife and two
labels will be checked with you before placing them on your baby's
ankles. These labels must stay on during your stay in hospital.
After an hour or so you and your baby will be transferred to the
postnatal ward or you will be able to go home from the birth unit
or delivery suite.
All babies will be offered a full examination (NIPE examination)
within 72 hours of birth. This is performed by a doctor or
NIPE trained midwife and will take place in the hospital or your
home. If we are not able to perform the check before you
leave the hospital, an appointment will be made for you to bring
your baby to our midwife-led clinic. You can find out more
about this screening examination here (pages
Visiting time on MB2 (postnatal ward) is between 7am and
9pm. Children under 16 should be siblings of your
How long will you be in hospital?
If you have a straight forward birth you may choose to go home
soon after the birth of your baby.
If you have an instrumental birth or caesarean section the
average length of stay in the unit is:
- one to two days following an instrumental birth
- one day following an elective caesarean under our enhanced
recovery programme (if you have been previously assessed as
suitable for early transfer home)
- one to two days following a caesarean section
There are occasions when a mother and/or her baby may require a
longer stay in hospital. Your partner/support person is
welcome to stay with you overnight.
Community - postnatal care
Community midwives (CMW) and maternity support workers (MSW)
undertake your postnatal care in the community. It is usual to
receive a home visit by your CMW the day following your transfer
from hospital. Your further plan for postnatal care will be
agreed between you and your CMW/MSW to meet your individual
All babies require a blood spot screening test on their fifth
day. Information regarding this test can be found here (pages
It is usual to be discharged from community postnatal care at
around 10 days following the birth of your baby. Your health
visitor will contact you during this early postnatal period and
arrange a visit. They will be your continued contact until
your baby is five years old.